Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Three Days in a Row?

So now I know you’re beginning to wonder. If I start following again is he just going to break my heart in a couple months when he falls off the deep end? I guess that’s for me to know and you to find out, because I’m in control!

On a serious note though – I did make it out the door. I headed into the hills  and put in about 4 miles at a pace that resembled a less than brisk walk. It’s been so long since I had seriously attacked hills (real ones) that going up was really really tough. I’m not going to lie – I am woefully out of shape. And carrying an extra 30 pounds doesn’t help either.

I started out a Ridge Park and ran down (please note the proximity of these two words) into Deer Canyon in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park/Crystal Cove State Park.  It’s been a while since I’ve been down in the canyon. It was interesting to see that the State has been putting some of their outrageous parking fees (Lauren can appreciate this) to work:



Being down in the canyon meant that I had to climb out next. At least I didn’t have to worry about mountain lions or anything. My huffing, puffing and wheezing going up the hill certainly scared away anything afraid of humans:

Running Deer Canyon-El Moro 12-27-2011, Elevation

When I got to the top,  I was rewarded by another view that those of us who live in Southern California get to enjoy in December while we complain about the 55 degree weather:


Then I realized I wasn’t really at the top at all, but just the first of two more climbs to the car. At least I didn’t have to worry about mountain lions or anything. The stream of obscenities I was muttering certainly scared away anything afraid of humans.


  1. Pace is rather irrelevant. I'm glad to know you got out there, and those looked like killer inclines. Now I need to follow your lead. :)

  2. Throw out watch. Run. Run for the sheer enjoyment of getting out. Smile. Repeat.

  3. When I see those elevation charts, I shudder. I'm sure I'd be walking too.

  4. Oh gosh, that is so pretty! Who cares about a pace or a time when you have views like that :).

    Seeing those hills reminds me of Carlsbad though...I am going to die on the hills. Bleh!

  5. So pretty! Glad to see you are back at it! That is some good hill work!

  6. Make sure you retain that sense of humor in 2012, Glenn.